Day Three: LA Gets Rowdy for Trayvon

usa-trayvon-martin-prayer-rallyLOS ANGELES — Protesters ran through Los Angeles streets Monday night, breaking windows, attacking people on sidewalks and at one point raiding a Wal-Mart store, while others blocked a major freeway in the San Francisco Bay Area in the third night of demonstrations in California over George Zimmerman’s Florida acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Thirteen people were arrested after multiple acts of vandalism and several assaults in Los Angeles’s Crenshaw District, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck said at a news conference.

Garcetti and Beck didn’t elaborate on the assaults or any injuries, but at least one man could be seen in the street with a head injury.

More than 300 officers were called to the scene and were at first slow to directly engage protesters in an attempt to allow a peaceful end to the demonstration, Beck said. But the chief said police would take a much stricter posture in the coming nights. Continue reading

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Day Five: 150 Stage Sit-In at Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office

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A group of about 60 protesters chanted and sang their way into the hallway outside City Council’s chambers around 1 p.m. Wednesday after 150 crammed into the courtyard around noon.

This protest was a continuation of the rallies held Sunday at the Hill District’s Freedom Corner and Mellon Park in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida.

This protest was spearheaded by Joy KMT, 30, of McKeesport; Bekezela Mguni, 28, of Wilkinsburg; and La’Tasha Hayes, 32, of Morningside, who all said their purpose was to deliver a list of demands to courthouse officials and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. Continue reading

Day Three: Houston Residents Block Highway 288 for Trayvon

HOUSTON (AP) — Hundreds of Houston residents temporarily blocked a highway as they protested a Florida jury’s decision to clear neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.

The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/13LNM3a ) reports that the protesters, including some pushing a casket, blocked a portion of Texas 288 for about 15 minutes Monday. Most traffic was stopped though protesters did allow an ambulance to pass.

Activist Quanell X called for the demonstration in response to Zimmerman’s acquittal Saturday in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman’s acquittal has sparked rallies around the nation as demonstrators voiced their support for Martin’s family and decried the verdict.

Day Two: Protesters block Highway 10 in Los Angeles

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The Los Angeles Police Department has called a citywide tactical alert after demonstrators protesting the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case blocked traffic on the 10 Freeway in the Mid-City area Sunday evening.

The California Highway Patrol said “police activity” around the 10 Freeway and Crenshaw Boulevard has jammed traffic. Motorists are urged to avoid the area.

No arrests have been made, and no one was hurt. LAPD sources said a splinter group of a larger protest walked down an onramp to the 10 Freeway and stood mostly in the eastbound lanes. Continue reading